Great Family Accommodations Coupled With Top-Tier Bonefishing
World-class bonefishing with all of the comforts and amenities of a high-end luxury beach resort. This private waterfront resort sits adjacent to both the white sands of Lucaya beach and Count Bassie Square, offering a wide selection of restaurants, bars, duty-free shopping, dancing, a casino, golf, tennis, water sports, and evening entertainment. This is a large-scale operation that can easily be compared to the large resorts of Hawaii or Mexico, but with much better fishing! The guides are fun to fish with, educationally focused, and know BIG bones, which Grand Bahama is well known for!
Each of Pelican Bay Resort’s 97 guest rooms features private balconies overlooking a courtyard, the marina, and the Port Lucaya Marketplace. These spacious accommodations include king-sized or double beds, satellite TV, direct-dial phones, Italian tiled floors, coffee service, and a refrigerator. Pelican Bay’s single bedroom suites are also available for couples looking for an extra-luxurious “Stay at the Bay.” Newspapers and freshly baked croissants and bread are delivered to the suites each morning, and personal espresso machines and a variety of coffees enable guests to enjoy a private breakfast on the balcony while taking in the beautiful Bell Channel Bay. Other guest amenities include two tropical freshwater pools, a hot tub, a great poolside bar, a business center, Wi-Fi, and direct access to all of the activities that Freeport has to offer.
Food and Beverages
Being centrally located and directly adjacent to the Lucayan Marketplace and Count Bassie Square, guests have access to numerous restaurants, meaning that you can enjoy dinner each night at a different establishment and enjoy different menus and offerings. Breakfast each morning is served buffet-style in Pelican Bay’s new conference center. Open early; you can satiate your appetite with standard breakfast offerings, such as pastries, coffees, and eggs cooked-to-order before meeting your guides for the day. A packed cooler lunch with all beverages is loaded into the boat each day for your day on the water.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length are available, and the convenience of traveling to Grand Bahama makes staying at Pelican Bay Resort and fishing with H2O Bonefishing the perfect getaway for a week-long fishing trip or a quick weekend escape. This is also a great add-on for business and family trips to Nassau and New Providence. Flights to Freeport’s Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO) arrive and depart on all days of the week from numerous cities throughout the U.S.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Non-angling activities at Pelican Bay Resort include golfing at two USGA certified 18-hole championship golf courses, diving, snorkel trips, glass-bottomed boat tours, eco-tours, parasailing, sea kayaking, and a host of other water-related options for all age groups. For those interested in island nightlife, there is gambling at the island’s casino, numerous fine restaurants, bars, and nightly dancing. There is also plenty of shopping throughout the area.
Internet / Communications
The Lodge does offer Wi-Fi for guests. Most U.S. cell phones will work on Grand Bahama depending on your service plan.
How To Get There
Grand Bahama is the easiest flats fishing destination to reach in the Bahamas, due to the numerous direct daily flights from Miami, West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, and several other U.S. cities to Freeport’s Grand Bahama International Airport (FPO). You can arrive and depart on any day of the week.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
There are several car rental companies in Freeport and taxi service is readily available at the airport. There are also plenty of taxis in the area. Upon arrival, you can take a cab the short distance to Pelican Bay Resort. Once at the Resort, you can pretty much walk everywhere in the Freeport area.
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trip dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blanks, unstamped pages remaining in the back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
The island of Grand Bahama stretches 90 miles east to west, and the north shore’s vast area of creeks, cays, and flats create hundreds of miles of shallow, untouched, fishable shoreline. Bottom structure varies from hard sand and grass flats to harder, light coral and marl flats, all of which provide excellent feeding habitat for bonefish and permit.
The experienced, seasoned guides of H2O Bonefishing are dedicated to making your fishing adventure both productive and enjoyable and will tailor each fishing day to your schedule and individual preferences. All of these guides have chosen to guide as their year-round profession (not just a seasonal job) and rank among the finest on the island. Anglers can take advantage of the thousands of hours these guys have spent on the area’s flats and may request all kinds of directions and instruction. For anglers new to saltwater flats fishing, this is not only a wonderful place to learn but is a destination that guarantees action your very first time out!
While fishing with H2O Bonefishing, a large part of each fishing day is spent casting from Maverick Mirage flats boats. Anglers are also encouraged to wade during times where large concentrations of fish are found tailing in skinny waters. The bonefish vary greatly in size, from small, two to three-pound fish found in large, easy schools, to larger Grand Bahamas bonefish in the four to six-pound range. Fish of seven and eight pounds are almost a daily encounter, and trophy-sized bones over ten pounds are not uncommon. H2O’s record bonefish to-date is a remarkable fish of 14.5 pounds.
Although this area is primarily a world-class bonefishing destination, there are several other types of gamefish that frequent these waters. Permit and tarpon arrive during the spring and are encountered on a regular basis throughout the fall months. Large barracuda can be found almost daily, and there is always the possibility of running into roaming schools of hard-fighting horse-eyed jacks that average 10 to 15 pounds.
Boats and Equipment Required
H2O Bonefishing uses 16-foot Maverick flats boat with new Yamaha 90HP outboards, poling platforms, and spacious casting decks. They are roomy, fast and comfortable. As with all of our Bahamian operations, it is recommended that anglers bring their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.
Rates and Terms
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars.
STANDARD ROOMS RATES
Double Occupancy (2 Per Room / 2 Per Boat)
3 Nights/ 2 Fishing Days = $1,495.00
4 Nights/ 3 Fishing Days = $2,249.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $2,988.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,599.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,195.00
Single Occupancy (1 Per Room / 1 Per Boat)
3 Nights/ 2 Fishing Days = $2,595.00
4 Nights/ 3 Fishing Days = $3,799.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $4,845.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $5,865.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $6,795.00
SUITE PACKAGE RATES
Double Occupancy (2 Per Room / 2 Per Boat)
3 Nights/ 2 Fishing Days = $1,648.00
4 Nights/ 3 Fishing Days = $2,425.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $3,210.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $3,880.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $4,498.00
Single Occupancy (1 Per Room / 1 Per Boat)
3 Nights/ 2 Fishing Days = $2,850.00
4 Nights/ 3 Fishing Days = $4,116.00
5 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $5,188.00
6 Nights / 5 Fishing Days = $6,198.00
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $7,215.00
Bluewater Rates (Price is per day trip. Boat is good for up to 4 anglers.)
31-foot Contender = $1,250.00 (4 anglers max.)
No Boundaries Program (Late Spring/Summer) = $3,150 (per person, double occ.)
* As a stand-alone resort (i.e., via Kayak or Hotels.com), Pelican Bay Resort does not offer a “Fishing Package.” The above rates are custom-built packages created by Yellow Dog for fishing specifically with H2O Bonefishing while staying at Pelican Bay Resort.
- Air-conditioned waterfront room at Pelican Bay Resort with king or two double beds
- Fully guided fishing provided by H2O Bonefishing as specified
- Daily deluxe picnic lunch on the water with your guide including water and non-alcoholic beverages
- Use of Resort pools and hot tub
- Satellite TV, direct dial phone, mini-refrigerator, and in-room coffee maker
- Breakfast including coffee and juices
- Bahamian VAT Tax (12%)
What’s Not Included:
- Transportation to and from the airport on Grand Bahama to Pelican Bay Resort
- Airfare to and from Grand Bahama
- Alcoholic beverages, sodas, and mixers
- Dinner each evening (there are over 20 restaurants within walking distance of the hotel)
- Gratuities for guides and resort staff
- Bahamas fishing license
- Taxis and additional activities
H2O Bonefishing Packages and Pelican Bay Resort Packages (Grand Bahama, Bahamas)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
For all cancellations, written notice must be sent to and received by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, LLC. For cancellations outside of 90 days from beginning of the trip, full amount minus a $100.00 processing fee per guest charged by the outfitter and a $100.00 processing fee per guest charged by Yellow Dog may be refunded or a full credit applied to a future trip booked within one year. This decision will be made by the outfitter. Cancellations 61 to 89 days prior to start of trip = 50% refund or trip credit of payment amount minus a $100.00 processing fee per guest charged by the outfitter and a $100.00 processing fee per guest charged by Yellow Dog. No refund or credit will be given for trips cancelled inside of 60 days from start of trip, regardless of reason. If a cancelled package is resold by either the outfitter or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be sent minus a $100.00 processing fee per guest charged by the outfitter (in addition to a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog Flyfishing.) H2O and Yellow Dog strongly recommend that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for your trip. H2O will not refund payments in the event of a hurricane or poor weather. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment within 10 days of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 2% convenience fee for all American Express credit card transactions, and a 3% convenience fee for Visa, MasterCard and Discover transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.
Yellow Dog Customer Reviews
“A great destination for quality fish and nonfishing partners. The resort has all the amenities a nonfishing partner needs to enjoy themselves as the anglers have consistent shots at quality bonefish. The modern rooms are comfortable and clean and the resort offers a relaxed laid-back experience. While the resort sits in a city setting the fishing feels like you are in a remote area with little pressure and only anglers in H2O boats. There were plenty of shots at quality bonefish and even the occasional permit. The guides seemed knowledgeable and the staff was very friendly.” – Will S.
“My Trip with H20 Bonefishing in Grand Bahama was fantastic. The staff and guides took excellent care of us. The fishing was amazing. Carl had us on fish all day every day. His knowledge of the fishery was very impressive, to say the least. Not too many places where you get multiple shots at permit all throughout the day!!!!!. Could not have had this great of a trip without Doug McKnight and the rest of the team at YellowDog taking care of everything!!” – Michael H.
“This is a great destination with experienced friendly guides that have a passion for fly fishing. We had tons of shots at bonefish and multiple shots at double-digit 10+ pound bonefish. The fish can be spooky but that’s fishing. At the end of the day, the Bones Bar is where we hung out and they took great care of us. There are also lots of good dinner options within walking distance of the resort. We’re definitely going back. Jason and Greg have a first-class operation.” – Denesh K.
“Greg and Jay at H2O were awesome. Total fly heads and great guys to share a few drinks with. Everyone was insanely welcoming and accommodating and the fishing was great. This was our first-time bonefishing and only our 4th saltwater trip. We both caught several fish and would’ve caught lots more if we didn’t trout set! Our guide Devon was super chill and worked hard to put us on fish. Last, but not least, Paddy the driver is seriously the best. Probably the best trip we’ve been on, thanks!!” – Chris C.
“It was an excellent trip. We were treated to a very friendly staff, and it was easy to get in and out of the lodge, My wife enjoyed the area and felt safe the entire time, I was able to land several Bonefish each day. They were big and strong which made for a fun time.” – John R.